Untold Games Join Razer At CES
First question: does anyone remember the Oculus Rift? You know, the gaming headset that created a virtual reality for players to enjoy, and was supposed to revolutionise the gaming industry? Well, Untold Games at CES (Consumer Electrics Show) may have given gamers everywhere a reason to refresh their memories.
Second question: does anyone remember the old cabinet arcade shooters? The ones always in bowling alleys with the plastic, slightly gross and greasy guns? Take that with the virtual reality capabilities of the Oculus and what do you get? “A demo powered by Loading Human”, which is a boring way of saying a fun and flashy Cube ’em Up, which is like a Shoot ’em Up, but with cubes instead of people.
And fear not! Instead of plastic guns with a slight sheen of pizza grease, the game is controlled by Razer’s impressive Hydra controller (which looks like a jacked up Wii Nunchuck) which of course uses motion controls to simulate firing a pistol at the cubes. The game itself looks very… deliberate. As in, I’m sure they could have crammed in all the high quality models and textures and such, but the game instead goes for a more simulated feel. The arm of the player looks closer to Woody’s from Toy Story than someone’s actual arm.
But before you start thinking this is no more than a glorified port of some archaic arcade shooter, the graphics themselves are quite impressive to look at. The entire world “loads up” with green grid lines on black, giving off a strong Matrix vibe, which I absolutely adore. And once you get firing the cubes explode with such vibrant colours you can’t help but smile. These send pulses along the grid structure and over the simulated hills, which in succession create a mesmerising spectacle.
If the shooting is anything to go by, Loading Human has endless potential. Everything in the game feels futuristic yet a little old, like Far Cry Blood Dragon. It feels like what someone from the 80’s imagined how the future would be, with green grid lines and a female robotic voice that tells you what to do. And let me remind you that this is simply a demo of Loading Human, a game designed for and around the Oculus (and other gaming devices of a similar nature), which will have interactive puzzles and story based gameplay. Loading Human is currently in development for PC and Mac, and has been approved for PS4’s “Project Morpheus” VR system.
The demo is playable on Razer’s booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) during January 6-9, in Las Vegas. Razer is located in the South Hall at Booth #31132.